Special Education Defined
Northbrook / Glenview School District 30 is a site for the Illinois Flexible Service Delivery Model. Our "Flex System" offers a more responsive service delivery system for students with special needs. Schools have problem-solving teams that meet regularly to address student concerns of parents and teachers. We use a collaborative approach of merging general and special education as a basis for providing services to students who are experiencing difficulty at school. Integral components of our Flex System include problem-solving teams, parent involvement, functional assessment and response to intervention so we can match student needs with high quality intervention and progress monitoring, allowing us to make important educational decisions.
Eligibility for Special Education: In accordance with Article XIV of the Illinois School Code, Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, School District 30 seeks to provide a comprehensive program of special education for those exceptional children who are between the age of three and their graduation from middle school. Children are deemed exceptional according to the following categories as referenced in the 23 Illinois Administrative Code:
1. Specific Learning Disability
3. Brain Injury
4. Speech/Language Impairment
5. Mental Impairment
6. Emotional Disorder
7. Visual Impairment
8. Hearing Impairment
9. Physical Disability
10. Other Health Impaired
11. Developmentally Delayed
In order to receive specialized educational services, the student must be diagnosed as eligible. In District 30, the following procedures are implemented to determine eligibility:
Screening / Referral: District 30 actively seeks out and attempts to identify all exceptional children in the district through its preschool screening, vision and hearing screening, and teacher or other professional referral of those children who exhibit problems which interfere with their educational progress or adjustment to the educational setting. Any parent may also request that a student be considered for specialized educational services. Requests should be made to the school principal, the child's teacher, or the Director of Student Support Services.
Evaluation: The evaluation may include an assessment of the child's learning environment, a review of his/her academic history, an interview with the child, a social developmental and health history, a vision and hearing screening, and an assessment of current educational functioning and achievement. Depending on the nature of the child's difficulties, additional components may be recommended. These may include psychological, speech and language and other specialized evaluations. The evaluation is linguistically, culturally, racially and sexually nondiscriminatory and is appropriate to the nature of the problems which caused the referral.
Evaluation Conference: Following the evaluation, a conference is held to include the parents, evaluators, classroom teacher, administrator, and other relevant personnel. Testing data and other information including the child's classroom behaviors are reviewed, and recommendations as to the best educational program for the child are made. If the student is deemed eligible for special education services, an Individualied Educational Plan (IEP) is developed at this meeting with long range goals specified for the child. Whenever possible, we try to meet the child's needs in the local school, consistent with the federal mandate of least restrictive environment. Additional programs and services are available through Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED).
Annual Review: Parents and staff review the educational status and continued supportive services of each child at least once a year.
Impartial Due Process Hearing: Every effort is made by the district, parents and other resource personnel to make recommendations that will meet the educational needs of the child. If differences cannot be resolved, the parents or district may request an impartial due process hearing in accordance with the Director of Student Support Services.